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Among the greatest who missed their special day

By SAM HATCHER

Three local men missed by only days the event at Cumberland University Tuesday in which World War II veterans who trained here for deployments to Europe were presented Honorary Masters degrees in Military Arts.

Harry Snodgrass, Louis Perner and Homer Burke, all three veterans from Wilson County, died only days before they could be presented their diplomas but were represented at the ceremony by family members.

The most recent of the three to die, Mr. Burke, died on Monday.

Besides a veteran of World War II, Mr. Burke and his late brother Efford were likely best known locally for discovering the Bluegrass duo Flatt and Scruggs while traveling as salesmen in East Tennessee for Martha White Flour.

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Every Mothers Day is special for this family

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Every Mothers Day is special, but for Jennie Hoffman and her daughter Ali, they never take one for granted since Ali was born prematurely and spent the first four months of her life in the hospital.

Now, 8-year-old Ali is not only telling her story, but raising money for the March of Dimes this Saturday, right before four generations of her family get together for another Mothers Day that Jennie is grateful to celebrate.

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=37|imageid=214|displayname=0|float=left}Ali Hoffman was born on June 30, 2003, but due to complications during pregnancy, her birth date was far earlier than expected. Jennie explained Ali was born when she was just 26 weeks pregnant.

At the time of her birth, Ali weighed just 1.14 pounds.

I had Strep B, which is something women can get while pregnant that can basically make the mom go into labor, she said.

After Ali was born prematurely, she was rushed to the Monroe Carell Jr. Childrens Hospital at Vanderbilt University where she, and her mother, would spend the first four months of Alis life.

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Honor Flight takes local heroes to D.C.

One hundred and two World War II veterans from Wilson County and Middle Tennesseetraveled to Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, May 8, in trip number four of the Music City Honor Flights.

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=38|imageid=219|displayname=0|float=left}The veterans touredhistoric monuments, especially the World War II Memorial, on the expense-free trip aboard a US Air jet and tour buses, also with flight organizers and guardians.Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jim D. Henderson of Lebanon served as one of the guardians for the flight, which saw two locally connected veterans of that conflict included on the trip.

Large, enthusiastic crowds sent the group off early Tuesday at Nashville International Airport to be met by welcoming crowds of trravellers, volunteers, airport personnel, visitors and the famed fire boats salute at Reagan International in D.C. Similarsize crowds welcomed the veterans to their visits to not only the World War II monument, but also the Marine Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and many others, and visiting the wreath ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the huge, 60-acre, Arlington National Cemetery.

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Improvements coming for WBMS outdoor classroom

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Winfree-Bryant Middle Schools Outdoor Classroom is receiving some additional improvements Saturday as local law firm Tressler & Associates PLLC and Tennessee Curb Appeal, LLC are supplying landscaping for the classroom that has served many students in the schools first year.

Before any students entered the new middle school, the outdoor classroom was built behind the schools practice football field, between WBMS and Byars Dowdy Elementary School.

A lot of our science and social studies classes have been out here frequently this year, said WBMS Principal Becky Kegley.

The classroom, complete with a podium, seating for about 30 students and a board for instruction, allows students to partake in activities that may be too loud or too messy for conventional classrooms.

Todd Tressler of Tressler & Associates, helped conceptualize and build the outdoor classroom last year, and along with TN Curb Appeal will supply additional mulch and other landscaping work to improve the look of the classroom.

Kegley said teachers can sign up to use the classroom any time they want, and many held review sessions for the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program Test, or TCAP test, in the outdoor classroom.

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